Here is part two of the Women’s Sport’s Post Mortem for 2017.
Season Results: 20-9 Record Overall, 4th Place in LSC Play.
There is no doubt that Jason Burton being hired as Head Coach at Texas A&M-Commerce was probably the best hire since Colby Carthel arriving. I have said that Coach Burton has been a total Heaven Send to the program and he has had 3 straight winning seasons in only 3 seasons of work. This year, his squad was oh so close to getting to the Division II Dance, their first appearance in a decade (when our Ladies went to the Division II Elite 8). Burton will have this squad back and truth be told, I believe that the NCAA committee hosed this group from a postseason birth. 20 wins in a tough conference is pretty big resume builder. Next Year, I see this young group making huge waves. I see 25 plus wins, a top 3 or better finish in the LSC, and a NCAA DII birth.
Women’s Track (Indoor and Outdoor)
Much like the other teams, this team was young, but good enough to Finish 1st and the East Texas Relays and take third in both the indoor and outdoor LSC Championships. The main difference between the Men’s and Women’s Squad is experience, and next year I believe you will see that experience pay off. The Women’s Track team will be in contention for a Conference title next year again, much like they were this year and will win at least 2 regular season meets.
Season Results: 3rd Place finish in the Lone Star Conference, Oklahoma Baptist Invitational Champions.
Once again, the team is a underclassmen laden team, but with the amount of talent that is coming back, I would say that much like the previous two teams, there will be a run at a Lone Star Conference Championship and a couple of first place finishes in the regular season tournaments. That is what I am picking for this group.
Softball: 34-20 Record, 6th Place in LSC play.
The season was a tab bit disappointing because in two years, Head Coach Richie Bruister has set the bar very high in Commerce and this year was about a lot of near misses and almost got there moments. I think the only reason you did not see the team in the NCAA DII tournament was because of the way other conference tournaments ended up playing like, like how Lubbock Christian won the Heartland conference making it one less bid for an at large like the Lions. Also, the LSC was stacked this year with softball talent, but next season the team will be stacked with talent that have grown up big time. Top 4 finish next year and a birth in the DII tournament.
Overall Spring Sport: All Team Sports had winning seasons, tournament teams won regular season championships and finished in the top 3. The recurring theme is a group of young teams that will compete for LSC titles and big time postseason runs in the future.
As most know, Alan Veingrad played in Commerce in the early and mid 80’s where he was an All-American . His son Ryan is a star football player at a Boca Raton, Florida High School. While seeking treatment for a blown knee, he was found to have something far more serious, cancer. I want to let the story be told from ESPN.com-